How to Encourage Communication in the office
Jul27

How to Encourage Communication in the office

Jason Downes, MD of Powwownow, discusses how HR managers can improve communication in the office   A quiet office can be a sign of an efficient workforce – but it can also mean people aren’t communicating effectively. Each workplace is built from collaboration but how can we break the curse of the email and talk to one another instead? The Death of Small Talk campaign from Powwownow explores how we can revitalise office chatter and...

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Do you host ‘Bring your Child to Work Day’ at your workplace?
Jul19

Do you host ‘Bring your Child to Work Day’ at your workplace?

Not all employers have heard about it yet, but Bring Your Child To Work Day  is an initiative that provides children with the unique opportunity to spend an entire day at their parents’ workplace, learning about the company and industry they work in, in a highly interactive, fun and educational way. Parents who have tried taking their child to work with them due to a breakdown in childcare often report that their children were bored...

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HR Managers & business owners should be ‘mindful of the pension perception gap’
Jul12

HR Managers & business owners should be ‘mindful of the pension perception gap’

New research reveals that employers are in danger of underestimating the value employees place on their workplace pension benefit. hibob, a leading cloud-based HR and benefits platform, this week released part one of its UK Employee Benefits – State of the Nation 2017 series that analyses employee and employer perceptions around pensions – and it seems that employers are getting it wrong. The research found that: 67%...

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Staff engagement proved to be child’s play for Kent Employer of the Year
Jul11

Staff engagement proved to be child’s play for Kent Employer of the Year

A Tunbridge Wells company which has spent 65 years “dressing children beautifully” has won the Employer of the Year award, sponsored by law firm Furley Page, at the Kent Excellence in Business Awards 2017. Childrensalon employs nearly 300 staff running the world’s largest online store for designer childrenswear. Director Denise Hamilton was presented with the award by Andrew Masters, Partner and Head of Employment at Furley Page, at a...

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Friendly offices unlock employee potential – and 6 in 10 value happiness over salary
Jul04

Friendly offices unlock employee potential – and 6 in 10 value happiness over salary

Creating a collaborative and friendly atmosphere in the workplace could be key to tapping into increased levels of creativity and productivity, new survey results suggest. Carried out by Wildgoose, the events company was eager to find out what motivates members of staff and how to encourage increased work rate. The company quizzed employees at 120 businesses across the UK with interesting results. The survey revealed that more than...

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Time is running out to master candidate engagement, warns talent acquisition and management consultancy 
Jun29

Time is running out to master candidate engagement, warns talent acquisition and management consultancy 

Businesses have just a matter of months to ensure that candidate engagement strategies are hitting the mark – or they risk losing access to vast and valuable talent pools. That is the advice of global talent acquisition and management specialist, Alexander Mann Solutions, as the launch of new data protection laws draw closer. The introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules, which are due to come into effect...

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Leaders missing opportunities to influence culture at work
Jun22

Leaders missing opportunities to influence culture at work

A report released this week by global corporate culture specialist Walking the Talk shows that, in spite of a massive shift in workplace culture over the past 25 years, corporate leaders remain focused on the reactive elements of business culture. Leaders tend to focus on making sure things don’t go wrong, rather than harness the positive benefits of proactive management of behaviours on a daily basis. The global study, Managing...

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Why it’s time HR thought about the ‘people experience’
Jun22

Why it’s time HR thought about the ‘people experience’

Anne Allen, Director of People Experience at Xero, explains why HR need to drop the word ‘resource’ and increase the focus on ‘people experience’. Human beings are more than a ‘resource’ Companies often cite people as their most valuable asset, yet don’t take a people-centric approach when it comes to planning and organising for success. To think of humans simply as a resource indicates a lack of...

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Hospitality leader establishes ’employee board’ to drive staff engagement
Jun15

Hospitality leader establishes ’employee board’ to drive staff engagement

Hospitality group Kew Green Hotels has announced it has established its first Employee Board, an early adoption in the UK hospitality industry. The company already drive employee engagement with staff awards and an industry leading cultural training programme. The new board has been established with the goal of ensuring all employees have a channel through which to have their voices heard, and to help employees have a direct and...

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Is your watch watching you? Worker worries over ‘big brother’ wearables
Jun15

Is your watch watching you? Worker worries over ‘big brother’ wearables

Majority of workers (51%) in favour of workplace wearables However significant fears over ‘big brother’ surveillance and data hacks Employee wellness voted top potential benefit, not without doubts Concerns over impact on stress and mental health In an Office Genie survey of 1,000 people currently working in Britain, half (51%) believe wearables are beneficial in the workplace. And respondents in the youngest and oldest age brackets...

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Wages, workloads and friendship wars – the top causes of office conflict
Jun12

Wages, workloads and friendship wars – the top causes of office conflict

Unfair workloads and inequality between colleagues are the leading causes of workplace conflict, according to new research. A study of 1,000 UK adults in full or part-time employment – conducted by Cascade HR as part of The Conflict Report 2017 – found that differences in working hours or taking on bigger workload sizes are the biggest causes of squabbles for almost 1 in 3 (32%) UK colleagues. Gossip and rumours were the second...

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One off perks don’t make staff happier at work – but a nicer commute seems to have an impact
Jun12

One off perks don’t make staff happier at work – but a nicer commute seems to have an impact

Employers are using quick-fix perks in an attempt to boost employee morale as a result of political and economic uncertainty, a new study reveals. The study shows that more one-off benefits—such as early finishes, company drinks or team lunches—have been offered by employers in the past year. Yet for 43% of those surveyed that had received these perks they are not having a sustained impact on their happiness, prompting a call for...

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The deceptively simple approach that managers are overlooking: simply saying thanks
May31

The deceptively simple approach that managers are overlooking: simply saying thanks

A new study from Reward Gateway, an employee engagement company, has revealed the disconnect between what employees really want and what their employers think they want. 59% of Brits would rather work for a business with a culture where they received recognition over a higher salary job where they didn’t get any recognition. Nearly half (49%) of employees would leave a company if they didn’t receive recognition. Over 40% of senior...

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Bored to tears: Workplace apathy is causing disengaged workers to look for a new job
May31

Bored to tears: Workplace apathy is causing disengaged workers to look for a new job

New research from CV Library sees workers admitting that they feel bored at work on a daily basis Boredom can affect even the most studious of workers.  Worrying new statistics from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, reveal that boredom afflicts nearly half of UK workers (44.9%), with 54% admitting that they have looked for a new job as a result of a dull work life. The survey, which asked 1,200 professionals about...

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Why you should go beyond the basics and think about ‘Employee Experience’
May30

Why you should go beyond the basics and think about ‘Employee Experience’

Co-founder of Recruitee.com, Perry Oostdam shares how employers can go beyond just salary and benefits to improve the overall ’employee experience’. The “dream job” is one that doesn’t feel like work, that you are passionate about and happy to put effort into – this is becoming the reality for some, and sought after by many.   The new buzzword is ’employee experience’, although an enjoyable work...

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